HARIMOTO Tomokazu

27 Jun 2003
18
Male
Youth Olympian
SENDAI
 
Japan

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
TTE Table Tennis Men's Singles 9
Men's Team 3 Bronze Medal

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 3
JPN
HARIMOTO THARIMOTO Tomokazu
4
HKG
LAM SHLAM Siu Hang
1
Finished
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 2
SLO
JORGIC DJORGIC Darko
4
JPN
HARIMOTO THARIMOTO Tomokazu
3
Finished
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 2
JPN
Japan
3
AUS
Australia
0
Finished
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 1
JPN
Japan
3
SWE
Sweden
1
Finished
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 1
JPN
Japan
2
GER
Germany
3
Finished
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium Table 1
KOR
Republic of Korea
1
JPN
Japan
3
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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Youth Olympic Games
YearLocationSinglesTeam X
2018Buenos Aires, ARG22

World Championships
YearLocationSinglesDoubles MTeam
2019Budapest, HUN4R3R-
2018Halmstad, SWE--5
2017Dusseldorf, GERQF--

World Cup
YearLocationSingles
2020Weihai, CHN3
2019Chengdu, CHN2
2018Paris, FRAQF

Asian Championships
YearLocationSinglesTeam
2019Yogyakarta, INA33
2017Wuxi, CHN3R3

WTT Star Contender
YearLocationSingles
2021Doha, QAT1

ITTF Finals
YearLocationSinglesDoubles M
2020Zhengzhou, CHN1R-
2019Zhengzhou, CHNQF-
2018Incheon, KOR1-
2017Astana, KAZQFQF

ITTF World Tour - Eliminations per phase since 2017
YearEventWRUSFQFL16L32L64
2020Singles1x----2x-
2020Doubles M---1x---
2019Singles1x1x1x3x2x3x-
2019Doubles M---1x2x--
2019Doubles X1x1x1x4x2x--
2018Singles1x-3x2x2x2x-
2018Doubles M--1x4x2x--
2018Doubles X---1x1x--
2017Singles1x1x1x-1x2x-
2017Doubles M-2x--3x--

ITTF World Tour - Ten best performances since 2017
RankYearEventCompetitionLocation
12020SinglesHungarian OpenBudapest, HUN
12019SinglesBulgarian OpenPanagyurishte, BUL
12019DoublesAustrian OpenLinz, AUT
12018SinglesJapan OpenKitakyushu, JPN
12017SinglesCzech OpenOlomouc, CZE
22019SinglesHong Kong OpenHong Kong, CHN
22019DoublesJapan OpenSapporo, JPN
22017SinglesIndian OpenNew Delhi, IND
22017DoublesGerman OpenMagdeburg, GER
22017DoublesChina OpenChengdu, CHN

World Junior Championships
YearLocationSinglesDoubles MDoubles XTeam
2016Cape Town, RSA12QF1


Legend
W - Winner, RU - Runner-up, SF - Semifinal, QF - Quarterfinal, 4R - 4th Round, 3R - 3rd Round, 2R - 2nd Round, 1R - 1st Round, Prel. Rnd - Preliminary Round, L16 - Last 16, L32 - Last 32, L64 - Last 64, M - Men, W - Women, X - Mixed
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Baseball, going to the cinema, karaoke. (kinoshita-group-sports.com, 24 Nov 2019; jiji.com, 06 Jan 2020; tokyo2020.org, 21 Jul 2020)
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Student
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Japanese, Mandarin
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Kinoshita Meister Tokyo [Japan]
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Qiu Jian Xin [club]; Yosuke Kurashima [national], JPN; Yu Harimoto [father], JPN
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Right (tleague.jp, 24 Nov 2019)
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His mother Zhang Ling played table tennis representing the People's Republic of China at the 1995 World Championships in Tianjin, People's Republic of China. His younger sister Miwa has also played table tennis at junior international level, and his father Yu has served as coach of the Japanese national junior men's table tennis team. (takkyu-navi.jp, 03 Apr 2020; tleague.jp, 24 Nov 2019; fujitv.co.jp, 28 Feb 2016; sankei.com, 08 Dec 2016; hochi.co.jp, 10 Jan 2017; tokyo2020.org, 21 Jul 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 26 Aug 2020)
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In December 2019 he suffered a ligament injury to his right ankle. (yahoo.co.jp, 29 Dec 2019)

His training was disrupted ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, due to an injury to the ring finger on his right hand. (tv-tokyo.co.jp, 27 May 2019; hochi.news, 18 Nov 2019; nikkansports.com, 07 Apr 2019)
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He began playing the sport at age two. (fujitv.co.jp, 28 Feb 2016)
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His parents both played table tennis and encouraged him to take up the sport. (fujitv.co.jp, 28 Feb 2016)
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To win medals in both the singles and team events at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Twitter profile, 24 Feb 2020; tokyo2020.org, 21 Jul 2020)

General Interest

Grip
Shakehand (tleague.jp, 24 Nov 2019)

Style of play
Attack (butterfly.co.jp, 01 Oct 2016)

General
2011 EARTHQUAKE DEDICATION
His family's house was destroyed by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Pacific coast of Japan's Tohoku region, which happened when he lived in Sendai, Japan, and was in primary school. He dedicated his men's singles title at the 2021 Star Contender event in Doha, Qatar, to the victims of the earthquake, as the competition took place 10 years after the disaster. "I have never forgotten 11 March for 10 years. Fear, surprise, sadness. The lost lives will not return. However, what I can do now is to keep playing hard in order to give hope to local people in Tohoku and Miyagi. I really wanted to win this tournament, which was held from 11 March 2021, marking the 10th anniversary, and to deliver the victory to everyone. I hope that as many people as possible will be pleased." (hochi.news, 11 Mar 2021, 14 Mar 2021; chunichi.co.jp, 15 Mar 2021; Twitter profile, 14 Mar 2021, 11 Mar 2021)

HERITAGE
He was born to parents from Sichuan, People's Republic of China, who moved to Sendai, Japan, in 1998. Although his family once returned to the People's Republic of China when Sendai was affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami off the Tohoku region's Pacific coast, they moved back to Japan the following year. When he had to be granted Japanese nationality in order to compete at the All Japan Championships while in fourth grade of primary school, his father decided to become a Japanese citizen along with him and his sister Miwa. (fujitv.co.jp, 28 Feb 2016; kahoku.co.jp, 01 Jun 2019; olympicchannel.com, 24 Mar 2020)

Milestones

At age 13 years and 343 days he became the youngest Japanese table tennis player to represent the nation at the world championships, following his fifth place finish in singles at the 2017 edition in Dusseldorf, Germany. At age 14 years and 61 days he became the youngest Japanese table tennis player to win an International Table Tennis Federation [ITTF] World Tour title, following his victory at the 2017 Czech Open in Olomouc, Czech Republic. (ittf.com, 07 Dec 2016, 27 Aug 2017; nikkansports.com, 07 Apr 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 30 Dec 2019)

At age 13 years and 159 days he became the youngest table tennis player to be crowned world junior champion, following his victory in the men's team event at the 2016 World Junior Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. Later in the same tournament he also became the youngest table tennis player to be crowned world junior champion in singles, at age 13 years and 163 days. (ittf.com, 07 Dec 2016, 27 Aug 2017; nikkansports.com, 07 Apr 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 27 Dec 2019)
Legend
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Bronze Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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